Originally posted on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 12/28/12
After a lackluster performance against the Jaguars with many starters out of the mix, how concerned are you that the Patriots may be a little rusty for their opening playoff game? Stephen:  Despite the stinker the Patriots threw up in Jacksonville, I'm not concerned about them being rusty for their opening playoff game. After Tom Brady ripped into the team in the locker room, I expect New England to come out firing on all cylinders in the regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Gronk should be back in the lineup, and hopefully Brandon Spikes and Alfonzo Dennard can see some snaps in preparation for the playoffs. Expect a big turnaround next week as the Pats push toward a Super Bowl run. Jason: The Jags game was a bit of a puzzler, but it could have also been a case of the team trying to win ugly without putting anything new and exciting on tape for their playoff opponents. I wouldn't put too much stock in that game. If the team had a first round bye, I might be sli...
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